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Little Words with Absolutely Huge Meaning - Use Them

Little Words with Absolutely Huge Meaning - Use Them

As children many of us hyped the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Clearly, it doesn’t take long to realize that words have far more weight than we want to realize. They influence thoughts, feelings, actions and states of mind. Even little words often have big meaning.

Think about it. Whether you want to land your dream job, improve your friendships, save your marriage or retain your employees; the words you choose can make all the difference.

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A pill to make you smarter? New drug grows brain cells

Posted June 8th, 2012 by Mattfree88
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A pill to make you smarter? New drug grows brain cells

The drug helps more baby brain cells survive and grow to become functioning brain cells.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Researchers have found a drug that can help the brain grow new cells and said their study may lead to ways to improve experimental Alzheimer's drugs.

The researchers' work, done on rodents, builds on findings that all mammals, including humans, make brain cells throughout their lives. Most of these die, but this drug helps more of the baby cells survive and grow to become functioning brain cells.

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Paradigm Lost: Why the rEVOLution Has Not Been Televised

Any paradigm worthy of the name -- such as this American political paradigm -- lasts for a long time and is hard to unlearn.

But when it is about to collapse, a few things happen.

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French TV Milgram experiment has 80% obedience

Posted April 10th, 2012 by TheAllen4
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A French TV documentary features people in a spoof game show administering what they are told are near lethal electric shocks to rival contestants. Those taking part are told to pull levers to inflict shocks - increasing in voltage - upon their opponents. Although unaware that the contestants were actors and there was no electrical current, 82% of participants in the Game of Death agreed to pull the lever.

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Violence on TV Infographic

Violence on TV In fographic

Does TV violence cause actual violence? Although there is a widespread belief that watching fictional violence causes people to be more violent, the rise of violence on TV and comparable real-world violence statistics over the past 20 years tell a different story. How does violence on TV affect your beliefs about violent crime? Take a look below.

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5 Logical Fallacies That Make You Wrong More Than You Think

Posted November 2nd, 2011 by Karrde188
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The Internet has introduced a golden age of ill-informed arguments. You can't post a video of an adorable kitten without a raging debate about pet issues spawning in the comment section. These days, everyone is a pundit.But with all those different perspectives on important issues flying around, you'd think we'd be getting smarter and more informed. Unfortunately, the very wiring of our brains ensures that all these lively debates only make us dumber and more narrow-minded. For instance ...

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5 Things You Do Every Day That Are Actually Addictions

Posted September 16th, 2011 by Karrde188
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Addiction is a funny thing in our culture -- people who are actually addicted to a substance actively deny it ("I just like to smoke!"), while other people claim addiction for every random thing they happen to enjoy ("I'm addicted to these delicious candy bars!").
But as science gets a better understanding of how addiction works in the brain, suddenly a whole lot of our everyday habits make more sense. Things like ...

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Kids own up to ownership

"At ages 4 and 5, youngsters value a person’s ownership rights — say, to a crayon — far more strongly than adults do, Friedman and psychology graduate student Karen Neary found.

Rather than being learned from parents, a concept of property rights may automatically grow out of 2- to 3-year-olds’ ideas about bodily rights, such as assuming that another person can’t touch or control one’s body for no reason, Friedman proposed.

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Ostracism may be worse than violence

Posted May 13th, 2011 by rancemuhamitz
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While physical bullying can cause pain, being ignored or left out can have a deeper, more painful impact on someone than scrapes or bruises can.

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6 Things That Annoy You Every Day (Explained by Science)

Posted February 20th, 2011 by Karrde188
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It's weird to think of human behavior as predictable. It's not like criminals read the latest census information, do some quick calculations and put on their murder gloves to go out and fill their quota. But it turns out that a lot of the things that annoy us about daily existence are governed by scientific laws and systems we're not even aware of.

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